While the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been quickly and quietly rolling off lots in the likes of Japan, Europe, and Australia, it has yet to reach the US. We’re told the hybrid crossover will make its debut here in the fall of 2015, but Mitsubishi executives in the know promise it won’t be the same model available know on the other side of the world.
According to MMNA Executive Vice President Don Swearingen and US PR chief Alex Fedorak, “it will be completely different.” This Outlander will most likely be viewed as the next-generation vehicle, part of the “major restyle in 2016” that will reskin the model in the new design language being applied to the brand’s crossovers. Additionally, its hybrid system is being tuned for more refinement, and the same work being done on the interior.
Further, Fedorak says the interior of the Outlander PHEV will be upgraded significantly by the time the new model arrives to meet higher American standards. The new Outlander PHEV will also feature all new sheet metal, and although the company has not released any official photos yet, the Concept GC-PHEV making the rounds at world trade shows offers clues to the new “design language” Mitsubishi will apply to its updated Outlander and Outlander Sport. The company also plans to roll out a robust advertising campaign in support of its new models.
What do you think? Would you take the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on a test drive?